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The Hottest New Travel Trends

The travel industry is dynamic and is always changing. And that’s because travelers are changing themselves all the time, too. Preferences never really stay the same, and this year is no different. Here are some of the hottest new travel trends:

River Cruisingriver cruiseTo be honest, there is nothing new in cruising. Vacationers have been going on Mediterranean, Caribbean, Alaska, and Asian cruises for decades. But it seems that the latest buzz is in river cruising. Nile cruises and those on the Rhine, Amazon, and even on the Volga River in Russia are in top demand. River cruises are becoming big news in Asia, too. A lot of travelers are opting for these cruises in China, Laos, Thailand, and India.

Healing Vacations – Frankly, there’s nothing new in wellness vacations either. People have been visiting the baths in Eastern Europe ever since we came to know about their therapeutic effects. But it’s never been as popular as now. Thousands of visitors are seeking good health and inner peace at the wellness centers in Thailand and a lot of ashrams have come up in Rishikesh and elsewhere in the Indian Himalayas that teach ayurveda and yoga.

Vintage Train Tripscanada_train_vacation_wallpaper_414133601There are, indeed, some wonderful train rides to experience. And they are extremely enjoyable journeys, too. The coaches are sleek and extremely comfortable, and the trains of today offer almost all of the amenities present in modern-day hotels. Large windows present stunning, constantly changing view alongside rivers, through picturesque mountain passes, and around gorgeous valleys. Train rides are becoming popular in the US as well, and there is even an $8 billion budget to promote high-speed rail travel.

Medical Tourism – Medical expenses have gone through the roof in the western world. The good news is that hospitals and clinics in countries like Thailand, India, and others are now offering the same level of medical treatment as the west for a fraction of the cost. For instance, the fertility clinics in India have a waiting time of two months, with a constant flow of inquiries from the West. The success rate is as high as the western countries. Many people like to see an exotic destination and get treated at the same time.

Responsible TourismecotourismYou will find this travel trend everywhere now, by way of green hotels, volunteerism, and eco-tourism. Many tourists are not able to stay indifferent to the poverty outside of their five-star hotel, working with nonprofit organizations to support their efforts in whatever way they can.

Help with Kids – Here’s a unique one. Those who are traveling on Gulf Air can now avail the services of onboard babysitters, lovingly called “sky nannies.” Parents can relax as the nanny takes care of and entertains their little one.

Small Tubs, Big ShowersHyatt Hotel Canberra - BathroomMore and more hotels are now replacing their built-for-two bathtubs with showers. Single bathtubs are also in decline as most people now prefer showers.

How to Enjoy Shanghai in One Day

shanghai-traveltrendShanghai is famous for its historical landmarks. So if you are about to visit Shanghai, make sure all the popular classical buildings are included in your itinerary list, especially if you have the chance to visit the city only for one day.

1. Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum is one of the main attractions in Shanghai. International tourists will not skip this spot particularly when they have a certain interest to the history of ancient China. There are 11 exhibition rooms, but since you only have one day in the city, just pick 4 or 5 that attract you the most.

2. Renmin Guangchang
Renmin Guangchang or People’s Square is the center of attractions in Shanghai. It used to be a horse-racing track during the colonial era.

3. Shanghai Urban Planning Museum
Jump to another museum, the Shanghai Chengshi Guihua Zhanshiguan. The giant scale model of Shanghai city as the people will see in 2020 is jaw-dropping.

4. Nanjing Lu Pedestrian Mall
Nanjing Lu is one of the top shopping areas in China. The street is full of vendors. You can walk through the street while hunting for souvenirs.

5. The Bund
There is one museum that features Gothic-Art Deco style. The area is the witness of how the early modern trading houses and banks in China adopted the Western-style after the Opium War in 1842.

6. Shanghainese cuisines
The Bund area has lots of shops and restaurants. You can pick the New Heights at Three on the Bund for lunch. The rooftop is the best spot to enjoy the city from above.

7. Jin Mao Tao Tower
The Jin Mao Tower is a 88th floors building located in the central area of the city. The highest floor is the best spot to get the most perfect views.

8. Old Town
The Old Town is where you can get a glance of China’s past. Many shops around the area that provide antiques souvenirs. Most of them are fake so the price is cheap.

9. Yu Yuan
China has a garden, too. The Yu garden contains ponds, bridges, greenery and pavilions for the tourists to unwind after a tiring adventure in the Old Town.

10. Shanghai acrobat
The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe would be a nice finishing touch. After enjoying the performance, you can have dinner at Mr & Mrs Bund at Bund.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day is a special event in Ireland. There are festivals and parades everywhere celebrating Irish culture. The biggest parade is held in Dublin, of course. It is estimated that more than a million people take part in the St. Patrick’s parade in Dublin. Actually, it’s such a big occasion that the festivities get spread over several days–not just March 17.

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The pubs and stores are all open on this day, though the post offices, banks, and other offices are closed. The Irish people have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for more than 1,000 years.

StPatricksDayCeiliOnDublinStreetsNOFEE_largeFor the traditional Irish family, it would always start with a visit to the local church in the morning and celebrations in the afternoon. This is one reason why the pubs all over Ireland open a bit late in the day. The traditional families would also have a meal of cabbage and bacon.

The first parade was interestingly not held in Dublin or anywhere else in the country. It was held in New York City in 1762 when Irish soldiers from the British military marched through the city in order to reconnect with their Irish roots and unite all the Irishmen who were serving the British army. It was a hugely successful event, thus prompting the opening of “Irish Aid” societies such as the Hibernian Society and the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. It eventually became a wonderful tradition, which is now followed all over Ireland and elsewhere too by the Irish people.

dublin_1365114iSt. Patrick’s Day is a religious event, but it has become more of a day of fun and an occasion for the Irish to celebrate, as well as for everybody to come out on the streets and enjoy.

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Winter Travel Getaways to Warmer Weather

Chilly temperatures can definitely get you down. Do you find a lot of love in scraping all that ice from your car or shoveling snow from the driveway? If you don’t, then it’s time to think of going on vacation to a place where the weather’s warm and where you can have lots of fun in the sun. It’s time to start thinking of a warm-weather getaway. Here are some places to consider.

CaribbeanCaribbeanYou will get all the sun, sand, and the surf you need in the Caribbean Islands (tourism official site). Each one of them is amazing. And there are plenty of options for you to choose from: Jamaica, Trinidad, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Barbados, the Bahamas.  Those are just a few of the names that come to mind, but there are many other unexplored islands as well. Just relax on the beach and take in all of that island beauty. Of course you could get busy and play some beach soccer or volleyball.  But be sure to balance out that hard work with a dip in the sea or a relaxing fishing or diving trip.

MoroccomoroccoRich in nature, Morocco could also make for an exotic destination for winter. Morocco is a beautiful country, sitting on the edge of the Sahara Dessert with the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea covering it from two sides. And all of that coastline means, you will get miles and miles of beaches and lots of sun as well.

Buenos AiresPuerto_Madero_Buenos_AiresYou might consider visiting Buenos Aires during the winter. This is the Southern Hemisphere, so it is the summer here this time of the year. Buenos Aires is a sizzling city with young designers, incredible food, and the passionate tango. You can work up a sweat during a tango lesson in the Argentinean capital, so be sure to pack your dancing shoes.

SydneysydneySydney, also in the Southern Hemisphere, should be worth a visit, too. Sydney is a beautiful city with many famous landmarks, like the Opera House and the harbor. Explore the flea markets and pick up some souvenirs. Take a walking tour to see some stunning buildings in unique architecture or go on a cruise around the harbor. Visit the Blue Mountains as well if you have time.

MexicomexicoYou will find plenty of reasons for visiting Mexico in the winter–not the least of which is the warm weather and sunshine. There are the famous Mayan ruins in Mexico such as Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Teotihuacán. Then there are the incredible beaches of Acapulco, Cancun, and Los Cabos. There are exotic forests to explore and food to savor as well.

Luxury Hotels in Prague

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The city of Prague is blessed with a network of luxury hotels, offering some of the best facilities available in the world. The hotels of Prague have their own identity when it comes to welcoming their esteemed customers. The staff in these hotels is well-versed in customer care management. The hotels are big, luxurious, and have everything you need as a customer. These hotels are located mostly in tourist spots and in the main city center, where you’ll can have easy access to all of different places you’ll want to visit.

The rooms in these hotels are very comfortable and specially designed, keeping in mind that customers love to relax after long days of travel. These hotels offer you a full range of facilities, which will make you stress-free and relaxed. The interiors of these rooms are carefully designed and the aesthetics will make you happy. The price will be on the higher side, but then they also offer discount rates on special events throughout the year. All these hotels offer the facility to book rooms online.

Hotel Art Deco Imperial is a five-star Prague hotel located in the middle of the city. The hotel offers you a mixture of Egyptian and Mediterranean art in form of its design. The service is world-class and the hotel staff is very humble and cooperative in their approach. The hotel rooms are elegantly designed, spacious and clean, making you feel fresh all the time.

Hotel Grand Bohemia is also a 5-star hotel in Prague. The building is almost 80 years old but it’s well-preserved and looked after in such a way that it gives a contemporary look. It is located in the center of Prague, where from you can easily go to Powder town and Old town square.

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The New Smart Business Hotel in Rome

smart hotel rome roomFor business travelers, finding a place to stay during their work travels is a vital part of having a successful business journey.  Accessibility to getting in and out of the host city, as well as to and from business meetings, plays a big part of choosing a business hotel to stay in.  With that in mind, a new Rome business hotel has opened up, taking advantage of its fantastic location to cater to business travelers.

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Smart Hotel is a new business hotel in Rome located near Termini Station, meaning it’s very accessible for those traveling in and out for a business meeting or for those attending multi-day conferences in Rome.  Being a short walk from Termini Station, guests of the Smart Hotel will be able to have quick access to their train, the Fiumicino Airport express, Rome’s two metro lines, and nearly every bus line in the city.  Getting around Rome for both business and sightseeing purposes couldn’t be easier.

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Business travelers to Rome will also be able to take advantage of Smart Hotel’s business amenities, including a conference room that fits 70 people theater-style.  It’s a comfortable place to host a conference or meeting in Rome, and the state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment will help guests pull off a successful event.  Business travelers will also appreciate the complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel, as well as the lobby-level restaurant, which is the perfect setting for a business lunch or dinner. 

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The guest rooms at the Smart Hotel are also great for the business travelers, as they each feature a comfortable work space, lots of sunlight, and free WiFi.  They are all decorated very modernly and even feature a PowerTV, which is a great way to pass the time watching programming, searching the web for information, and finding out everything about Rome.  The bathrooms inside of the hotel’s guest rooms are all ample in size and feature modern fittings.

smarthotel rome junThose traveling to Rome on business will love the Smart Hotel for many reasons—not the least of which being its convenient location and its extra attention to the amenities businesspeople need.

Events Around the Year in Florence

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Florence is a vibrant city which offers several art events, music concerts, and many special events to travelers to enjoy through the year. Music, dancing, and painting represent the real prestige of Florence. Travelers from all over the world gather to visit the city of arts: Florence.

Festival of Rificolina
During this festival, children carry lamps in their hands and march through the streets. The concept originated from the fact that in earlier times, peasants on their way back home in the dark would carry candles, and so today young children honor this custom during the Festival Riflicolina.

Florence Tango Festival
During this Florence festival, some of the top international tango dancers present their art at the Saschall Theatre. An evening program is held during the festival and travelers enjoy exhibitions, dinners, and some other shows throughout the festival.

Winter in Florence
Winter in Florence is really fabulous. Travelers visit Florence during winter in order to get pleasure from concerts, exhibitions, and events. They enjoy participating in cultural activities in the city as well. Christmas is also a great time to be in Florence. Sports are enjoyed here as well.

Italian Moto GP
This is one of the most famous rallies of Florence and the Autodromo Internazionale Del Mugello hosted it in the year 2008. This rally was a great success in terms of bringing enthusiastic viewers to the stadium. Italians are known for their passion for motorbikes.

Fochi di San Giovanni
This festival in Florence is celebrated in a way to memorialize the birthday of St. John. Travelers enjoy a wonderful fireworks display.

On the whole, all of the events in Florence around the year are wonderful. Travelers from all regions, religions, and ethnicities can attend and enjoy participating.